The New infantry Combat Weapons System is a group of separate but interrelated weapons, that along with new infantry equipment, combines to form a system particularly well suited to establishing the primacy of light infantry in fighting and winning land engagements.
With the New Infantry Combat System, it is not necessary to rely on the Air Force nor the Navy eye for protection (as it seems to be today) should they not be available. It has been suggested that light infantry is obsolete. Yet, the New Infantry Combat Weapons Systems—NICWS—(as in like us) is a system designed to both survive and to win its battles in just exactly this present, twenty first century, war fighting environment we that find ourselves in today.
As Bevin Alexander has put it in his insightful and valuable book: “How Wars are Won” “Traditional-Fire-Maneuver tactics of individual military units, whether infantry, artillery, armor, or combinations of the three, are now out of date. Today in almost any environment, including mountains, troops massed in even small groups are extremely vulnerable.”
How might light infantry then succeed in winning its battles—even its wars—in just such an environment? It must be armed to defend itself from the air as well as from the ground. It must deploy itself so that it will not be vulnerable from either dimension. And, of course, it must have both the war fighting equipment and the trained manpower to destroy the enemy.
The New Infantry Combat Weapons System consists of several distinctive major and minor parts to accomplish exactly this task.
Tactical missiles make up a large part of the New Infantry Combat Weapons System. These are missiles that weigh no more than one hundred and twenty pounds but are capable of destroying all armored vehicles within a radius of ten miles. Very likely with some research and development, this figure can be doubled or tripled. They will be guided by the same computer strapped to his chest that a soldier employs to communicate with his recon bird. Its screen will be capable of showing both the picture from the recon bird and the picture from the technology (TV camera, Thermal Imaging device etc.) in the nose of the missile eye, at once. A chip inside the missile will hook up the cross hairs on the missiles’ TV camera with the cross hairs of the aiming cursor by directing the missile to the aiming curser on the target until they lock. From the moment the missile sees the terrain features within which the recon bird or other device has precisely placed the aiming cursor, it prints this picture. As a result it now becomes a fire and forget instrument of defense. It no longer needs the fiber optic cables, the GPS or whatever it has had up until then to guide it. The position of the aiming cursor within that specific terrain now printed on a chip in its guidance system gives it all the guidance it will ever need before destroying it target.
Various sized missiles will be designed for various tasks and will be distributed within individual squads in their several configurations. Some will be small and light and a soldier will transport several of them on his Individual Transporter. These, for example, may have an armor penetrating head powerful enough to burst through an armored personnel carrier and explode inside the vehicle with five clamor mines fixed at various angles within its shaft. This same missile will also be useful in penetrating through the apertures of large reinforced bunkers eliminating the need to destroy them with heavy munitions before capture, or also, deep inside a cave. They will also be useful over the heads of enemy troops taking cover in ditches or successfully retreating, always disheartening, from one of their own ambushes. Not to mention this missile being very useful during one of ours. The soldier can be five miles away from his IT, or other missile launching position when launching his missile or missiles. Non of this being a ready target when launching a TOW ant-tank missile or a Javelin As is currently the case. Who looks out for the infantryman?
All of the enemy’s heavy equipment—Tube Artillery pieces, Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, Tanks, APCs, Mortars etc. will fall victim to these smart missiles quickly as long as this heavy equipment is either firing or moving and thus producing heat; or, of course, is otherwise visible eye. Enemy soldiers in house to house fighting will fall victim to the NICWS System’s light, fully automatic rifles firing high powered, deep penetration, armor piercing cartridges. This feature of the NICWS System made possible, as discussed above, by the “Intense Combat Muzzle Brake” fixed to the ends of the above rifle’s barrels.
While moving forward, no soldier is closer than two hundred and fifty yards from the closest soldier to him. No bomb as a result will cause more than one casualty or perhaps none. A Multiple Launch Rocket System will survive will survive no more than one launch. No More. Part of the NICWS System will include the world’s best surface to air missiles moving on relatively small vehicles with troops. What good they will do is open to question but they will be unmanned, operated from a distance to reduce casualties. In part, they may be there to draw bombs and in fact not be Surface to Air Missiles Systems but instead, while looking like Surface to Air Missile Systems they may be the new Buck Rogers laser beams designed to blow up bombs in mid-air.
Speaking of the new laser beam system now coming on line to defend against tactical and other types of missiles along with bombs and the old fashioned Katyusha rockets, we believe that the NICWS System’s tactical missiles can defend themselves against it. We believe that heavy fog will render it ineffective, that it will degrade in heavy rain and most importantly that a device that immediately switches on when it senses laser energy is being turned against it and immediately eye, therefore, covers the missile with heavy steam, along with a ceramic tile skin—standard in all such tactical missiles—will give the missile those few seconds it will require to reach its intended target making this system very current, very relevant indeed.